Butch Davis hired as FIU's football coach – Miami Herald
Butch Davis is FIU’s new football coach, Panthers athletic director Pete Garcia said Monday.
FIU signed Davis, 64, to a five-year contract. Salary details were not released, but a Tuesday news conference has been called to introduce the Panthers’ new coach.
“To say we are excited to have Butch Davis as our head coach at FIU is an understatement,” Garcia said. “There is no doubt that he will take FIU football to new heights.”
Davis, who hasn’t been a full-time coach since he was fired by the University of North Carolina in July of 2011, is currently working as a college football analyst for ESPN2.
But the allure of coaching was obviously still present in his mind, and he wanted to get back in the game.
Davis had reportedly tried to get back into coaching previously, but his age and past allegations at North Carolina apparently dissuaded other athletic directors from hiring him.
Garcia, though, has a relationship with Davis dating back to their days at the University of Miami.
The FIU job, currently held on an interim basis by Ron Cooper, had been considered open since Ron Turner was fired after an 0-4 start.
Cooper, who was Turner’s defensive coordinator and has extensive experience as a head coach, could have been a fall-back option.
FIU also could have considered former UM coach Randy Shannon, now the Florida Gators associate head coach; UM defensive coordinator Manny Diaz; and Gators defensive coordinator Geoff Collins.
Garcia, though, preferred Davis, who inherited a Canes program in 1995 that was on probation with severe scholarship limitations.
Even so, Davis went a remarkable 51-20 in six years, including 11-1 in his final season, just missing out playing for a national title.
Davis recruited or coached numerous stars at Miami, including Edgerrin James, Clinton Portis, Andre